One of our volunteers has travelled to Hertfordshire Record Office to examine documents from the Ashridge Collection relating to Whitchurch.
Records dated 1762 & 1763 list purchase of land and property from the Bridgewater Estate. But more importantly, for our project, the occupiers are also listed. The land and property being enfranchised by Bridgewater tenants was situated both in the surrounding countryside as well as the town. Fields, gardens and houses were included.
From this visit, over 30 new names have been added to our All Our Stories Whitchurch Names project.